NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say the death of eight residents of a Florida nursing home that lost power shows the importance of better planning to help those with special needs during emergencies.
Seniors and people with disabilities face disproportionately increased risks of injury and death when storms, floods and other emergencies hit.
Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, says without proper planning, things can go horribly wrong.
“We’ve seen people turned away at shelters, lack of effective interpretation for people who are deaf, people (who are) trapped watching the water rise around them because they couldn’t evacuate on their own,” she says.
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